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.........Celestial Calculator

I can never resist trying to capture the brilliance of tiny water droplets especially when strung along a spider's web. These yesterday were on our driveway and were still frozen.

En-route from London to Manchester


The plane banked sharply and I saw this looming up.....grabbed my camera just in time!


It has a strange mix of order and disorder to it, don't you think?





Explored Jan 7, 2010 #8

One taken for an abstract theme for LKFoto Club, My sons' abacus

"But however measurable, there is much more life in music than mathematics or logic ever dreamed of."

~ Gabriel Marcel

Well with 8 legs I would expect them to have a more complex abacus.

Old Japanese had been the calculated using this abacus.

This is about 100 years ago.


Called "Soroban" in Japan.


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Loved the tones of this old abacus. The fire was lit in the room, which enhanced the photo I think.

Abacus, also called a counting frame, is a calculating tool used primarily in parts of Asia for performing arithmetic processes. The abacus was in use centuries before the adoption of the written modern numeral system and is still widely used by merchants, traders and clerks in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere. The user of an abacus is called an abacist.


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Drops of water in front of an abacus, one exposure, levels and curves altered, nothing else. I haven't got a macro lens so used the 'macr' setting on my 300mm lens (camera had to be about 2m away unfortuntalely). The focus isn't as crisp as it could be, but is definitely as crisp as I could manage with my kit!

I made this picture for the Inria contest on "Computing: past, present, and future". The abacus is, to me, the birth of computing.


I borrowed a camera with a very fast lens, and went to the server room of our research center, where I played finding a spot for the abacus in the middle of the computing equipment. A large numerical aperture gave me a short depth of field, turning the lights in a nice bokeh.


I did fairly little post-processing, using darktable as always. I used a local contrast filter on the abacus itself, and pushed the colors in the top right of the photo toward green.


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